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WTA Eastbourne: Wozniacki recovers from a set down, Bouchard retires from third round match

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TENNIS – Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a set down to edge Svetlana Kuznetsova with 6-7(3) 6-3 6-1. Daria Gavrilova beat Sara Errani 6-1 5-7 6-2. Eugenie Bouchard pulled out from her third round match against Belinda Bencic Diego Sampaolo

 

Wozniacki, who won the Eastbourne in 2009, raced to a 5-1 lead but Kuznetsova recovered by reeling off five of the next six games to force a tie-break after saving a set point in the 12th game. Kuznetsova earned six break points in the tie-break and sealed her fourth opportunity with an ace for 7-3. Wozniacki fought back breaking serve in the third game for 2-1 to clinch the second set 6-3. In the third set Wozniacki broke at the start of the start of the third set and pulled away to a 5-1 lead but did not look back this time and clinched the win in the third set with 6-1. It was their 10th head-to-head match. Wozniacki leads 6-4

In the quarter finals Wozniacki will face Andrea Petkovic who beat Coco Wandeweghe 6-3 6-4

“I was 5-1 up in the first set, so when I was 5-1 up in the third set I was thinking to myself that I really couldn’t repeat what happened earlier. I served bette ras the match went on and tried to hit the ball a little earlier. We have played each other many times. She has had a good few years and I am just excited to be in the quarters,” said Wozniacki.

Eugenie Bouchard was forced to withdraw from her third round match against Beinda Bencic due to an abdominal injury as the Canadian player was losing 4-6 0-3

“I kept trying and trying. It was hard for me to put a serve in just because it was hard to put a serve in, just because I felt that pain a little bit. I am going to play at Wimbledon even if I am on one leg.It wasn’t smart  to take a risk and be potentially out for a long time,” said Bouchard

Daria Gavrilova overcame Sara Errani 6-1 5-7 6-2 in two hours and 12 minutes. After Gavrilova swept aside Errani in the first set, Errani got an early break and raced to 5-2 in the second set but the Australian player of Russian origin reeled off three games and broke back to draw level to 5-5. Errani held her serve and won the final two games to take the second set with 7-5 but Gavrilova

Gavrilova made a breakthrough earlier this year when she beat Maria Sharapova in Miami  She beat Ana Ivanovic in Rome in the third set tie-break on her 8th match point

Bencic will face wildcard Johanna Konta from Great Britain who edged Garbine Muguruza 6-4 4-6 6-3 following up with her win over Ekaterina Makarova. Konta broke Muguruza in the second game of the opening set and pulled away to 5-2. Muguruza broke back to claw her way back to 4-5. Konta broke again to clinch the first set with 6-4.

Muguruza broke in the first game of the second set before saving four break points to take a 3-1 lead en route to winning the second set. Konta broke serve in the fourth game of the third set to pull away to 5-1. Muguruza won the next two games for 3-5 but Konta took the ninth game to seal the win.

Agniewska Radwanska, winner in Eastbourne in 2008, cruised past Karolina Pliskova with 6-2 6-1 in 56 minutes. Tsvetana Pironkova rallied from a set down to edge Dominika Cibulkova 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 after a spectacular match. Pironkova went down a set and a break. At 5-3 in the second set Pironkova was broken back but she broke at the end of a very long game forcing the match to the third set. Pironkova cruised to 6-1 to clinch the win.

Sloane Stephens beat Heather Watson 6-2 6-3. Stephens went up a double break after the first two service games. The US player converted on her second match point to clinch the second set with 6-3.

Petra Kvitova was also forced to withdraw on Monday because of illness.

ATP 250 Nottingham: Bolelli sets up quarter final with Baghdatis

Italian Simone Bolelli rallied from a set down to edge Adrian Mannarino 3-6 6-4 6-4 at the ATP 250 in Nottingham scoring his third win this week after beating Go Soeda and Martin Klizan in the first two rounds.

Both players held serve in the first three games of the opening set. In the fourth game Bolelli converted his third break point opportunity to take a 3-1 lead. Mannarino fought back breaking serve three times to win five consecutive games en route to winning the first set with 6-3.

Bolelli held his serve to love in the opening game of the second set before earning two break points in the next game but Mannarino saved them with his serve and his forehand. Bolelli broke serve in the seventh game at deuce. He held his serve in his next two service games.

The decisive set went on serve until the fifth game when Bolelli got the break. He held his serve after a hard-fought game at 4-3. In the 10th game he closed out the third set with 6-4 holding his serve to 15

Bolelli will face Marcos Baghdatis for the third time in his career (the Italian leads 2-0 in his head-to-head matches against Baghdatis). The Cypriot beat Aleksander Zverev 6-3 6-3.

One day after a three-hour marathon match against Marcel Granollers in which he saved three match points, Giles Simon cruised to winning Joao Sousa 6-4 6-1 setting up a quarter final against Sam Querrey who battled past Pablo Cuevas after two tie-breaks with 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3).

Another match which was decided by two tie-breaks was won by Leo Mayer over Jiry Vesely with 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5)  Mayer will take on Denis Istomin who beat Sergiy Stakhovskiy 7-5 6-4.

Yen Hsun Lu beat number 3 seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-2 setting up a quarter final against Aleksander Dolgopolov who defeated Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-3

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Felix Auger Aliassime saves three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert in Marseille

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Felix Auger Aliassime saved three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-0 6-7 (8-6) 7-6 (11-9) after 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Open 13 in Marseille.

 

Auger Aliassime did not convert a match point in the tie-break of the second set before clinching the win on his sixth match point to advance to the quarter final in Marseille. The young Canadian player hit 16 aces and won 85 % of his first serve points.

Herbert hit a tweener lob on set point in the second set to force the match to the third set. Auger Aliassime hit an overhead into the open court at 6-6 in the tie-break in the third set. Herbert hit a forehand pass down the line to earn a match point on his serve, but he did not convert it, as he hit a backhand into the net.

Auger Aliassime saved two more match points at 5-6 and 7-8 in the tie-break with his forehand and an unretured serve, before sealing the win with an ace.

The Canadian Next Gen player will face this year’s Pune finalist Egor Gerasimov, who broke three times in his 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win over David Goffin.

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Danil Medvedev rallies from slow start to beat Jannik Sinner in Marseille

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Danil Medvedev rallied from one set down to edge Jannik Sinner 1-6 6-1 6-2 after 1 hour and 22 minutes. Medvedev dropped his serve twice but broke serve four times.

 

Sinner earned two breaks in the second and sixth game earning the chance to serve for the set. The Italian 18-year-old player served out the first set at 30 in the seventh game.

Sinner saved a break point in the second game, but he dropped his serve in the fourth game to trail 1-3. Medvedev got a double break at 15 and served out the second set in the seventh game at love. Medvedev started the third set with an early break. The Moscow-native broke for the second time in the third game to take a 3-0 lead and held his next three service games easily to cruise through to a 6-2 win in the third set.

Shapovalov will face Gilles Simon, who advanced to the quarter final after beating Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Denis Shapovalov beat Marin Cilic 6-4 4-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 1 minute to reach the quarter final at the Open 13 in Marseille.

Shapovalov made two double faults and converted three of his nine break points. Cilic made five double faults and converted one of his seven break points.

Shapovalov converted his third break point chance to take a 2-1 lead. The Canadian player held his next service games and served out the first set 6-4 after saving four break points in the 10th game.

Cilic saved two break points to hold serve at deuce and earned his only break in the 10th game to win the second set 6-4.

Shapovalov broke serve twice in the first and fifth games to win the third set 6-2 setting up a quarter final against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, who rallied from one set down to beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 3-6 6-4 6-4.

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Christian Garin beats Federico Delbonis to reach the quarter final in Rio de Janeiro

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Third seed Christian Garin beat Federico Delbonis 6-4 6-3 after 1 hour and 37 miuntes to reach the quarter final at the ATP 500 tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

 

The Chilean player has extended his winning streak to six consecutive matches, which includes his first title of the year in Cordoba.

Garin dropped 13 points in nine service games and did not face any break points. He converted three of his seven break points and sealed the win after Delbonis made a double fault.

Garin will face Argentine qualifier Federico Coria, who defeated Spanish 16-year-old rising star Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 4-6 6-4 after 2 hours and 17 minutes. Coria saved 10 of the 14 break point chances he faced and broke serve five times. Alcaraz made his main draw debut in Rio de Janeiro beating Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 4-6 7-6 in 3 hours and 36 minutes earlier this week.

Coria fended off five break point chances and broke serve at 4-4 in the opening set after a double fault from Alcaraz. Coria saved a break point in the next game with a service winner. The Argentine player sealed the first set 6-4 with another service winner.

Alcaraz earned a double break to open up a 5-0 lead in the second set. Coria pulled back both breaks in the seventh and ninth games to claw his way back to 4-5. Alcaraz earned another break in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4 to force the match to the third set.

Both players traded breaks in the opening two games of the third set. Coria earned another break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and closed out the match with a hold in the 10th game.

Hungary’s Attila Balazs came back from one set down to beat Thiago Monteiro 1-6 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Monteiro earned three consecutive breaks to win the first set 6-1. Balazs came back in the second set by breaking three times to win the second set 6-1.

Balasz broke serve in the sixth game of the decider to take a 5-2 lead. Monteiro got the break back and held his serve to claw his way back to 3-5. Balazs earned another break t win the decider 6-4.

Qualifier Pedro Martinez cruised past Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 26 minutes. Martinez earned a break in the fourth game of the opening set when Andujar made a forehand error. Martinez broke for the second time to race out to a 4-1 lead and saved two break points in the next game to clinch the first set 6-1.

Martinez hit a backhand down the line winner in the third game of the second set and closed out the match with a service winner in the 10th game. Martinez has a record of 5 wins to 3 losses in his eight matches this year.

 

 

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